Canada beats US 3-2 in under-18 women’s hockey title game – WCCO

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Mari Pietersen stopped 29 shots, including all 10 in the final period, and Canada held on to win its sixth U-18 Women’s Hockey World Cup, beating defending champions United States 3-2 on Monday night.

Ava Murphy and Alexia Aubin each had a goal and an assist, and Jocelyn Amos also scored for Canada, which recovered from a 7-0 loss to the Americans in the preliminary round.

Canada won gold for the second time in the past seven tournaments, and with a known score. The Canadians defeated the US 3-2 to win gold at the Beijing Games in February and the World Championships in August.

The Canadians went 1-2 in the preliminary round of the tournament before winning three in a row.

The high-scoring Americans, who came into play with a tournament-leading 21 goals, scored just twice on 31 shots. Finley McCarthy and Claire Enright scored seven seconds apart in the closing minutes of the second period after Canada jumped to a 3-0 lead.

The USA came closest to tying the score with 2:50 left when Tessa Janecke, to the right of the Canadian net, got her stick on a loose puck, but the shot went off the left post.

Annelies Bergmann finished with 18 saves for the US

The Americans were looking for their leading ninth title in the tournament, but instead had to settle for their sixth silver medal. The US has made it to each of the 14 championship games, falling to 13-8 against Canada in the tournament, including 7-6 in gold medal matches.

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The US defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in Slovakia to win the title two years ago. Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was postponed this year and moved from Sweden to the University of Wisconsin.

The Americans finished 3-0 in the preliminary round, beating their opponents by a combined margin of 18-1, before advancing to the gold medal with a 3-2 win over Sweden on Sunday.

Canada led 3-0 at 12:34 of the second period, when Murphy and Amos scored 58. Amos backhanded in a rebound after Bergmann stopped Karel Prefontaine’s shot.

The Americans eventually took their lives when McCarthy drove a shot in from the blue line for a power play goal with 1:37 left in the second period. Then Enright scored from the ensuing faceoff by converting a rebound after Pietersen blocked a first shot from Ava Lindsay.

Aubin turned Canada’s first power-play opportunity into the game at 5:35. Canada had entered the game 0 for 14 on the power play in the tournament.

Earlier in the day, Sanni Vanhanen scored three times, Emilia Kyrkko stopped 35 shots and Finland defeated Sweden 3-0 to win its third bronze medal – and second in three events.

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